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44 SPORT THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 P38 DOUG BOOTH HAS NEWS ON BOWLS P41 TEENAGE BOXING STAR IN TOP FORM P42 SCOTT OUT TO JOIN AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB MYSTERY NUMBER BUY THIS PAPER AND YOU COULD WIN THE JACKPOT! Money jackpots each day Monday to Friday by $10 $3470 JA CK PO T MYSTERY NUMBERTO WIN INSTANTLY RING 1900 966 372 Conditions: Page 2 AND KEY IN YOUR LUCKY NUMBER Thursday So long, Stephanie STEPHANIE Rice, who retired yesterday at the age of 25, managed some golden Olympic moments in an eight-year swimming career cut short by continuing shoulder problems. Along the way, there was also some controversy. At the top of her achievements were three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics two of them in the individ ual medleys over 200 and 400m in world record time. She also won also gold with the Australian 4x200m freestyle relay team, again in a world record. She has not competed since the 2012 London Olympics, where shoulder surgery just before the Games ended any chance she had of reaching the podium. I really didn't want to make a rash decision on my career, and if I was going to keep swimming or not because I was still too emotional about the whole preparation that I'd just been through, Rice said on her website yesterday. I felt a lot of pressure to live up to everyone's expectations and fulfil their answers, but I knew I had to take the time for myself to get to the point where I knew 100 per cent what I wanted to do, she said. After Beijing, Rice (pictured) became a celebrity, topping a newspaper poll as Australias most recognisable Olympic athlete, and maintaining a higher profile in fashion shoots and on Twitter. In September 2010, Rice was criticised for using an offensive word about gay men when tweeting about a rugby union match between Australia and South Africa. Rice removed the remarks and apologised, but not before a sponsor, a luxury car manufacturer, ended its association with her. She was also romantically involved with fellow Australian swimmer and former 50metre world record holder Eamon Sullivan. Their longdistance relationship Rice in Queensland and Sullivan in Western Australia ended just before the 2008 Olympics. Rices first major international event was at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, where she won gold in both individual medleys. She also has two silver and five bronze world championship medals after joining the Australian swim team at 17. The beginning of the end of her swim career came in December 2011, when she underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in her right shoulder. Rice did not say what she planned to do next, only that she intended to prove myself out of the water. Former Hawthorn star visits Top End - Page 40 By DENNIS PASSA SWIMMING BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE Jockey Paul Hamblin tumbles to the ground after falling from his mount Chappell in the Jack Dow Memorial Hurdle at Sandown yesterday. The good news is that jockey and horse escaped injury. For more racing news turn to Page 38 Picture: WAYNE LUDBEY